Handpicked by a Barbados Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Historic Attractions in Barbados'.

Barbados is a beautiful island that is steeped in history, and there are countless historic attractions for visitors to explore. From colonial architecture to ancient plantations, Barbados offers a fascinating insight into the island's past. Here are some of the best historic attractions that you won't want to miss:

1. St. Nicholas Abbey - This beautiful plantation house dates back to the 17th century and offers a unique glimpse into Barbados' sugar heritage. Visitors can tour the house, explore the gardens, and even sample some of the rum that is produced on site.

2. George Washington House - Did you know that the first president of the United States once stayed in Barbados? George Washington House is where he resided in 1751, and visitors can take a guided tour to learn more about his time on the island.

3. Bridgetown Garrison - This historic military site dates back to the 17th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can explore the various buildings, including the impressive St. Ann's Fort, and learn about the island's colonial past.

4. Morgan Lewis Windmill - Barbados is home to many old windmills that were once used to process sugar cane. Morgan Lewis Windmill is one of the best-preserved examples and offers visitors the chance to see this piece of island history up close.

5. Parliament Buildings - Located in the heart of Bridgetown, the Parliament Buildings are an iconic part of Barbados' political history. Visitors can take a guided tour of these beautiful buildings and learn more about the island's government.

These are just a few of the many historic attractions that Barbados has to offer. Whether you're a history buff or simply interested in learning more about the island's past, these sites are sure to make your trip to Barbados unforgettable.

Garrison Historic Area

The Historic Garrison is the most structurally complete 18th and 19th century British Colonial Garrison in the world. Along with the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, it has been nominated and been awarded the accolade of World Heritage Site. It was the blueprint for garrison development in the rest of the British Empire. An exceptionally high percentage of its physical attributes, a wonderful repr...

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey has an extraordinarily rich heritage and there is no doubt that this outstanding house is an integral part of Barbados' fascinating history. It is thought to be one of the first plantation great houses to be built in Barbados sometime during the 1650s. This magnificent, three-storey Jacobean mansion, with its three unique curvilinear gables, is one of only three such Jacobean ho...

Codrington College

You can't miss this historical attraction as you drive along because of its characteristic magnificent row of Royal Palms which line its splendid driveway and lovely huge lily pond. The impressive buildings of Codrington College are reminiscent of an Oxford quadrangle, yet blend perfectly with the surrounding trees and hills of St. John. Christopher Codrington, planter, soldier, scholar and philan...

Gun Hill Signal Station

Now under new management this jewel in the crown of the Barbados National Trust enjoyed a rejuvenation in 2015. Two new terraces, beautifully landscaped grounds and excellent wheelchair access all make it an ideal location for functions. Gun Hill enjoys spectacular views, cooling breezes and a palpable feeling of peace.  Drop in for a tour of the station and view the small museum to learn ab...

Arlington House Interactive Museum

Speightstown, Barbados' second town, was an important Caribbean port in the days of sailing ships. Of course one of the main items to be shipped out from there was sugar and its by products, molasses and rum. Arlington Interactive Museum pays homage to both the town with its surprisingly rich history over the past 380 years and Barbados' sugar heritage. Arlington was the home of a wealthy merchant...

Morgan Lewis Windmill

Morgan Lewis Windmill is the only one of more than 500 windmills that dominated Barbados' landscape in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. The techniques of sugar production were brought to Barbados by Dutch Jews from Recife in Brazil. The Barbados National Trust own and look after this property now and they have a small museum there. When sugar was king in the early 1800's every acre of land...

Barbados Concorde Experience

Concorde Supersonic Aircraft had a regularly scheduled service to Barbados for many years - in addition to only New York, Paris and London. In memory of that honour, one of those legendary jets is the star attraction at the Barbados Concorde Experience. This state of the art museum is located at Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport. The experience includes going aboard the aircraft, the ...

Mallalieu Motor Collection

Bill Mallalieu has been having fun with automobiles all his life and his passion is obvious as he conducts you around his 'garage' at Pavilion Court on Barbados' south coast. The number one vehicle in his line up is a one and only of its kind, a Bentley, made for Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands in 1947 and raced in the '49 Monte Carlo Rally. Number two is also a Bentley called 'A Mallalieu' - h...

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